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September 11, 2015

Signed into Law! Civics Education Gets a Boost in Illinois

All Illinois students will get a real lesson in civics thanks to HB 4025, which Governor Rauner recently signed into law. The bill promotes greater civic learning in Illinois by requiring one semester of civics education for all Illinois high school students.

HB 4025 was based on the recommendations of the Illinois Task Force on Civic Education, which […]

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September 2, 2015

Bridging the gap

What can the UK legal system learn from the Chicago Bar Foundation’s innovative Justice Entrepreneurs Project?

The American Bar Association conference July 30-August 4 in Chicago brought in representatives from around the world, including Chairman of the Bar Council of England and Wales, Alistair MacDonald. Intrigued by the concept of the Justice Entrepreneurs Project, which he visited, MacDonald penned his thoughts on the program and whether it would work in the UK legal system. Read his article Bridging the gap in Counsel Magazine.

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August 20, 2015

The Globe Trotting Flag

The CBF flag sees yet another mountaintop! Past CBF board president Kimball Anderson and Karen Anderson (of the Anderson Fellowship) brought the CBF flag along on their adventures trekking the Peruvian Andes. Above they’re pictured with the flag high above Machu Picchu, and the photo at bottom right was snapped at 15,000 feet. This […]

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August 18, 2015

Doing it for the Kids: The Children’s Initiative Speaks Up

Kids who find themselves in the custody of the government aren’t able to speak up for increased safety, better trained staff, or a reorganization of the system. That helps explain why, for many years, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services was considered one of the worst child welfare programs in the nation. Its […]

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August 11, 2015

CBF Morsch Award Continues to Recognize Extraordinary Legal Aid Attorneys

CBF Report August 2015

Each year, the CBF awards the Thomas H. Morsch Public Service Award, the premier public recognition for long-time legal aid and public interest law attorneys in Chicago. Recently, Chicago’s legal aid community received some great news when Tom Morsch and his family committed to continue their generous endowment of this prestigious award for an additional five years.

Morsch has received much-deserved recognition over the years for his tireless pro bono efforts and exemplary leader- ship in the legal community on access to justice issues. As a longtime partner at Sidley Austin and pro bono leader within the firm, he was one of the earliest advocates for getting private law firms to commit to pro bono service. Yet Morsch always felt that the private bar received a disproportionate amount of recognition for their pro bono contributions com- pared to the lawyers who had dedicated their careers to public interest law, often at great financial sacrifice.

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August 11, 2015

Signed into Law! Groundbreaking Veterans Legal Program Will Move Forward

Veterans and military families in Illinois will have much greater access to necessary legal help after key amendments to the Access to Justice Act were signed into law by Governor Rauner last week.

The Access to Justice Act, originally passed in 2013, created a pilot program to develop and support a much-needed hotline and network of […]

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August 7, 2015

Justice John Paul Stevens Award Nominations Due August 24

The CBA is accepting nominations for the 2015 Justice John Paul Stevens Award. The Award is presented annually by the CBA and CBF to Illinois attorneys or judges who have shown throughout their careers that they are exceptional individuals and who have demonstrated extraordinary integrity and service to the public and/or community.

Nominations are due August 24, 2015. […]

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July 23, 2015

Serving Seniors Where They Live

More than 40 million people in the U.S. are over the age of 65 today, and that number is expected to double by 2030. Many of these seniors are living on fixed incomes and struggle with legal issues related to caregiving, finances, their homes, and end-of-life planning. As they age, the accessibility of legal services can become as large a barrier to receiving help as affordability.

The Center for Disability and Elder Law (CDEL), one of the organizations you are supporting through the Investing in Justice Campaign, focuses on serving low-income elderly and disabled people in the Chicago area and has promising initiatives in place to better serve this population.

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July 22, 2015

CBF Legal Aid Academy Partners with Kirkland & Ellis for Expert Deposition & Trial Skills Training

This summer, 40 legal aid attorneys and members of the CBF Justice Entrepreneurs Project participated in a three-day expert deposition and trial skills training program sponsored by Kirkland & Ellis LLP through the CBF Legal Aid Academy.  This is the second year in a row that Kirkland has partnered with the CBF Legal Aid Academy to provide free, high-quality training to attorneys in the legal aid community.

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July 21, 2015

Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers

Are you interested in working with families going through a crisis? Are you curious about how to meet with a client at jail? Have you always wanted to learn more about family law? Join the CLAIM (Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers) Program of Cabrini Green Legal Aid (CGLA) for a training on Saturday, August 15, 2015.

Learn about how you can provide important legal services to incarcerated mothers.  Attorneys of all experience levels are welcome and CLE credit is pending. Contact Alexis Mansfield at alexismansfield@cgla.net with questions and click here for additional info and to register.

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